NADIRA ILANA is an activist and award-winning filmmaker born and raised in Kota Kinabalu. She obtained a BFA in Film & TV from the Queensland University of Technology in 2009 before moving back to Malaysia to join the film industry. Nadira became the first East Malaysian to win the Freedom Film Fest Award for Best Human Rights Documentary in 2012 for The Silent Riot and has since been an unmistakable voice for East Malaysian representation in the national narrative. Drawing inspiration from her Borneo heritage, Nadira founded her production company, Telan Bulan Films with a focus on crafting contemporary indigenous and minority stories. Nadira is currently a FINAS Panel Advisor representing Sabah and young filmmakers.